Why do I think the winter is upon us? Because it was only starting to get light as we approached the start of the meeting. 17 members and two visitors were in attendance. We’ve been looking for an electrician for some time and what should happen today….. two of them turned up. Not that I’m complaining, both appeared to be entirely suitable candidates. We await events.
Stuart Smallcombe always presents something interesting when he tries to educate us all and today was no exception. In the world of networking, particularly with big events or trade shows, it is always better to be interested than interesting. It is also always best to get in first with the question ‘what do you do?’ It gives you the opportunity to steer the conversation towards the benefits your business could give/get in the ensuing exchange.
The 60 Second Round
Leann Reason set the round underway as the current holder of the Oscar. Apparently, she’s been posting interesting things on social media. Follow her! It was in fact Rosemary Driscoll who followed her, reminding us of a Valentine’s Day special, a visit to New York.
John Hammond pointed out the current regulations relating to automatic doors required 7 different tests per door, 14 therefore for a pair doors. Whilst on the subject of doors, Mike Skinner, prompted no doubt by the dark start to the meeting was anticipating winter and looking for indoor jobs if possible. Matt Barry by contrast had been visiting the great outdoors, namely Amsterdam, for his clients Sony who’s head of marketing was a French lady who gave him a great testimonial. It would be impressive to think that the testimonial he read out represented a direct translation by him from the French.
Vincent Goode was showing off his bespoke picture framing with particular emphasis on the back of the frame showing string fitted, ready to hang.
As if the winter vibe had not already affected us enough, Blake Hammond was advocating a visit to his website in order to select either items to purchase or events to book for Christmas and he was kept company by Tina Walker who was also pointing out her usefulness in arranging events for Christmas for those who need help in that area.
Toby Acton has been doing deep diving again. This is what you must do if you are to be a successful salesman for your business in order to make sure you reach the right audience.
Statistic of the week emanated from Scott Griffiths. Today is the anniversary of his predicted death in 2051 according to a prediction that he has been celebrating now for some years. Heaven knows what he will look like when he celebrates the first anniversary of the date when he didn’t die. He’ll probably be in need of a massage, in which case, if he is still a member of EBF he should sit next to Howard Bullock whose message was delivered with a massage of his regular victim, Paul Booth. Sticky divorces were his subject and the importance of arranging properly any divided pension or any finance to assist the protection of maintenance rights. It was quite a relief to get onto Jane Malyon who declared her chocolate brownies flavour to be uhggee…. or something like that. It has a similar onomatopoeic feel to umami but it’s sweet.
I think I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead. The Oscar was awarded by Leann to Matt Barry, not just because he’s been to Amsterdam but proof of success with an excellent testimonial. Congratulations Matt
10-minute presentation by Ben Golding
Apart from sharing with us his favourite holiday location, Hawaii, which he regards as heaven on the on earth…. and it has great wine. Frankly it wouldn’t qualify as heaven on earth if it did not have great wine but it did make us dream of sun kissed sunny beaches rather than dull winter weather. The presentation of course was anything but dull. Forever the entertainer he entertained us with a quiz that severely tested whether we have been listening or not when he delivers his 60 seconds. John Hammond and Toby Acton vied for first place and Toby won the sudden death playoff full. What more could you want to entertain you as the meeting drew to a close.
Referrals and Testimonials
A successful round that might cause changes at the top of the leaderboard but Scott Griffiths appears to be unassailable